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Rebecca Howe of Laconia: Girls’ Lacrosse Player of the Year

  • Laconia's Rebecca Howe (24) and Hopkinton's Amelia Bassett (18) faceoff during the Division III girls' lacrosse championship game at Manchester Memorial High School in Manchester on Tuesday, June 5, 2018. Laconia defeated Hopkinton, 10-6. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz

  • Laconia's Rebecca Howe (24) shoots and scores during the Division III girls' lacrosse championship game at Manchester Memorial High School in Manchester on Tuesday, June 5, 2018. Laconia defeated Hopkinton, 10-6. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz

  • Laconia’s Rebecca Howe scored 80 goals and assisted on 18 others as the Sachems finished the season as Division III state champions. Elizabeth Frantz / Monitor file



Monitor staff
Thursday, June 28, 2018

Year after year, Rebecca Howe has continuously improved as a player while helping the Laconia girls’ lacrosse team compete for division championships.

In 2018, Howe’s offensive numbers ballooned while cutting down on mistakes. Howe scored 80 goals this year (about 27 above her average the previous three years) and cut her turnovers in half.

Lacrosse wasn’t the only sport where Howe made strides this year. Her coach, and mother, saw it happening across all three seasons.

“She stepped up in soccer, she stepped up in basketball and played a bigger role than she ever had,” Kerri Howe said. “We hoped that it would transfer to the lacrosse season. Her level of confidence and maturity, she’s just played at a higher level than her first three years of high school. I think it shows how much she’s matured as an athlete.”

Howe will look to continue elevating her game when she arrives at Division-I St. Bonaventure University in the fall. The biggest adjustment will be getting up to speed, literally, with the college game. 

Howe anchored the Sachems midfield this year and facilitated quick transitions with decisive passing and control while in possession. Those fundamentals should translate well at the next level. 

“She has always been a good team player,” said her father and coach Bob Howe. “She moves the ball extremely well in transition. She’s passing it right away. I always tell the kids the ball moves faster in the air.”

Howe is already expected to be taking draws for the Bonnies. Howe won 107 draws this spring, bringing her career total to 294. She also showed a knack for getting the ball back with 36 caused turnovers and 51 ground balls recovered.

Howe scored plenty of goals herself, but she also set up her teammates with 18 assists this year. Many of those assists resulted in goals by fellow All-State first team selection Skyler Tautkus, who will be a key player for the Sachems as a senior next spring.

Her effort on the field and in practice trickled to the younger players on the team.

“She really took on the leadership of her team and helped her teammates become better players,” said Kerri Howe. “This year she and Skyler really had to be the leaders out there.”

As Howe moves on, she has plenty of good memories to keep from her high school career. She celebrated three Division-III championships in four years, the most recent being Laconia’s 10-6 win over Hopkinton in the title game on June 6.

For this senior class, the only year Laconia’s season didn’t end with a win was 2017 as they were knocked out in the semifinals by eventual champion Kearsarge in double overtime. 

Howe hoped this year could end on a better note, and it certainly did.

“That was a big motivator for her and the other kids that returned,” Bob Howe said. “What a career she has had, winning three championships and being a contributor each year.”